The following referrals are testimonies of satisfaction experienced by our clients. Hopefully, you might even know one of them. Our satisfaction is not only in creating terrific residential design, but also the enjoyment our clients have in the process.
“My wife and I interviewed many architects to design our Eastern Shore home. Some spoke mostly about how we would be billed, others about THEIR ideas for our house. Mark started by asking what we wanted and how we lived. He truly listened to us and created the house we wanted, incorporating some of his signature features -- like open lines-of-sight and skylights -- and foregoing others. We wanted a Mid-Century Modern house, inspired by houses in Palm Springs, CA. Mark has a deep understanding of that aesthetic and was able to give us a house like no other. He talked us through issues that had never occurred to us: a bedroom window should allow a view for someone in bed, pocket doors are best for doors that are seldom closed, etc. He was a dream to work with, especially when we had to scale back the plan a bit due to costs. He helped us from our initial conversation with him through our certificate of occupancy. I have recommended to friends and do so without reservation.”
“When we purchased our home, we knew that we wanted to make some changes to the layout to meet our family’s needs. We learned that Mark Beck was the original architect and we reached out to him to discuss our plans. Mark was so pleasant to work with and he was open to our input. He understood our vision and helped us design an open floor plan that we absolutely love. He also helped us with the daunting task of choosing a builder that could implement his plans. We can’t believe how fortunate we are to live in one of Mark’s beautiful creations and we highly recommend him to anyone who wants to live in a modern, clean, light-filled and special space.”
“The house space designed by Mark brings us peace through simplicity and beauty; even though our house is located in a busy street, we can connect with the movement of life rising the blinds or we can collect ourselves to an inner space, via the designed architectural links Mark created in the house…
The use of natural light, the connection with the sky and the backyard areas create a never ending landscape that we enjoy every single day throughout the seasons, too.
It has been 4 years since the house was finished, and we still discover new and vibrant connections with the environment we live in.”
“Mark has designed three houses for us. The first was built into t he south wall of the Greenspring Valley. It was a difficult build and he did a marvelous job, including overseeing t he contractor.
The second home was a remodel of a very old house with the addition of a master bedroom suite. Again, he designed, including interior design ideas, and oversaw the construction of what became a showplace.
Our current home is a townhouse in which Mark redesigned the interior including making room for an elevator, adding skylights to open the interior to more light.”
Jan Kirsh (Jan Kirsh Studios)
“Mark Beck and I have collaborated successfully on projects where the client's needs are always the highest priority. He listens carefully and reaches for exemplary design alternatives at all times. His designs are sensitive to the environment and his contemporary homes lend balance to the surrounding gardens.
Attention to the structural integrity of his buildings produces great results. Mark is a genius at bringing natural light into interior spaces.”
“Mark Beck Associates can be counted on to help any person design and implement either a total house construction, an addition, or renovation. Mark brings a thoughtful approach to space, with function and clean lines as vital as overall space. He is mindful of conservation, and creative ways to create space without adding unnecessary square footage. Most importantly, he listens to client ideas, goals, and tastes and is a terrific partner in this way as an architect. He works efficiently and is cost effective. We built our family home with Mark Beck Associates in Maryland in the late 1980s and have since added an outside wrap around porch Beck designed in 2012. We originally selected his firm because of their use of passive solar design, and sensitivity to the environment. This awareness is a great addition to any construction design project undertaken today.”
“Before beginning design, Mark Beck gets to know his client and carefully observes the setting for the project. In his detailed drawings, Mark incorporates the goals of his client and takes full advantage of the view and natural light.
Mark’s use of open space that flows, clerestory windows, skylights and multi sliding glass doors create a feeling of being with nature while indoors. Light filtering through glass creates artistic patterns and shadows of clean cut straight lines and repeated angles. These architectural elements merge to build a home filled with beauty, comfort and enjoyment.”
We are very pleased with our experience with Mark Beck Associates. Mark was able to work with us to extensively modify an existing plan to create a unique structure that takes into account our personal style, but also adds a vision beyond our scope of creativity. He was able to coordinate well with engineers and our contractor to address challenges of our harsh local environment, while allowing the home to blend with the surrounding natural beauty. Mark has created a contemporary design that is warm and inviting in all seasons, has stood up to the elements, and reflects the nature around it. It is truly one of a kind. We would not hesitate to use Mark again, or refer him to friends and family.
On behalf of our entire staff and church membership generally I want to thank you and your associates for a really great design and for your professional oversight of our just finished church and school renovation.
I want to acknowledge your father, Mark Beck, specially, for his original design suggestions and very personable presentations, which “sold” us on your firm in the first place. Further, we were impressed with your attention, Eric, to the details involved in producing building additions that blend perfectly with the original structure. We also appreciated your patience and flexibility within the broad scope of the design, in seeing to it that special needs and change orders were addressed in the best possible way with a view to our practical use and long term satisfaction. Finally, we were grateful for your persistence when it was needed with some of our contractors, insisting that things be done right, even if they had to be re-done.
We hope you will feel free to show new clients photographs of our building before and after the renovations. We truly feel that the changes were inspired, and have produced a wonderful new feeling within the building, right from the front door through the gracious lobby and into the church sanctuary, all of which is now very bright, warm and inviting, not to mention practical in every way. We were especially pleased with your use of windows and lighting to produce this uplifting effect. In all, it was a pleasure to work with you and all your associates. We couldn’t be happier with the results, and thanks to you we look forward to a new era of growth and development both in our church and in our school.
Michael D. Gladish